Colvin eyes comeback... or does he?

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Colvin eyes comeback... or does he?

Today's Twitter buzz has a particular tone. NFL free agency has begun and fans are practically frothy with fantasy football-type expectations (It's worth pointing out, as other writers have, that the Eagles were last year's FA "winner." Loser? Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.)

But a different message caught my eye on Twitter. I was asked to confirm that Rosevelt Colvin is planning a comeback to the NFL.

Curious.

The former Patriot's newsfeed revealed 59comeback and colvin2012 hashtags. But who knows with Twitter? It's sometimes impossible to tell what's sincere and what's sarcastic, tone being so tough to coax out of any combination of 1-140 characters.

So I asked him.

"I'm working out but not pressing if it happens. All these people cut by the Colts, I'm gonna walk over there and just try out," Colvin joked.

Despite what I'll assume is your first thought, he says the recent NFL return of Randy Moss was not an inspiration. The feeling is bigger than one man.

"As athletes, if you compete on the highest level you never get that fix in anything else," the longtime linebacker said. "Most guys get forced out of the game. I could have still played when I retired but I had some family health issues I needed to handle."

Colvin's fans are digitally praying, begging via Twitter for him to pull on that old Patriots jersey. In a way it's not surprising. If Patriots fans could get their hands on a Way-Back machine and transport New England's 2004 defense to present-day Gillette, they would. They will never stop reminiscing about those players who could "cut the lights out" on an opposing offense.

But professional athletes have a more accelerated career expiration rate than their most adoring fans can face. Think Moss has rust? Colvin is 34; he's been out of football since 2008.

Nobody is more aware than he.

"It's a long shot, especially out that way in New England," Colvin said. "Once Bill moves on he's done. I'm not pressing about it anyway. Really, working out is for my health."

Though Colvin longs for the NFL's competition and camaraderie, he made it clear he's not planning to bust down doors looking for a job. Maybe the Tweets are just a flirtation. Maybe if he gets a response, it will turn into something more.

For now it's just hope.

Kraft on Brady: He's willing to play 'six, seven more years'

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Kraft on Brady: He's willing to play 'six, seven more years'

PHOENIX -- Robert Kraft drew some scoffs from the media horde surrounding him on Monday when he relayed Tom Brady's intentions for the remainder of his playing career. 

"As recently as two, three days ago, he assured me he'd be willing to play six, seven more years," Kraft said. "At the level he performed, there's no one that would be happier than I . . . and our fan base."

Brady put together an MVP-caliber season in 2016 at the age of 39, and he figures to be one of the best at his position during his age 40 season. And judging by his comments during Day 2 of the league meetings here, Kraft wouldn't be surprised if Brady could keep things going well into his mid-40s -- unprecedented as that would be.

"In some ways, you think about, I think there's one player at the age of 40 who had one good year. Favre for the Vikings. But he didn't do so well before," Kraft said. "I think Tommy's sustained excellence is just unbelievable. It's a lifestyle. He's in training now. It's not like he's stopped. He works out.

"I remember after our first Super Bowl in [2001], going down to the training room in the old Foxboro Stadium, three days after we won, and he's in there with the music blaring, working out.

"He's really dedicated and the thing that's amazing about him, to this day, he hasn't changed as a human being in terms of how he relates to people, but also in terms of how he works out. The only thing that's probably changed is how he eats, his diet. I'm not sure avocado ice cream is right for me, but if I could look like him and perform half as well, I guess I'd do it."

Monday, March 27: Hall call for Habs' Markov?

Monday, March 27: Hall call for Habs' Markov?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, with crunch time coming in the NHL.

*Jack Todd says that the Hall of Fame needs to reserve a spot for Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov. Is he Hall of Fame material, or Hall of Very Good material?

*The playoff streak is coming to an end for Joe Louis Arena as the Detroit Red Wings finish out a lost season.

*Thanks to PHT writer James O’Brien for providing the kind of relaxing hockey moment that any dog lover could appreciate.

*Boston College standout Colin White has signed an amateur tryout deal with the Senators, but it remains to be seen if the entry level contract is coming.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mitch Melnick offers his hot takes about the Canadiens after a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

*The US men’s hockey team may join the women’s team in boycotting the world championships if there isn’t a resolution soon.

*A group of longtime Leafs writers share some of their best stories from the press box

*In the shameless interest of self-promotion, here’s my hit with Toucher and Rich this morning talking about riding the hot hand with Anton Khudobin.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers wonders if a lopsided loss will snap the Blackhawks out of their malaise.

*Sidney Crosby fires back at Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk after he called the NHL star a whiner recently.

*For something completely different: getting to know new CSNPhilly.com baseball analyst John Kruk, who we all should know pretty well at this point.